Barisan secures two-thirds majority in Malacca


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 09 Mar 2008

MALACCA: Barisan Nasional retained power in Malacca after winning a two-thirds majority of the 28 state seats. 

Of the total, Barisan won 23 while the rest went to the DAP. Barisan also secured victories in five of the six parliamentary seats contested. 

The Barisan camp was, however, in a sombre mood following the losses. 

In the Kota Melaka parliamentary seat, the MCA's Wong Nai Chee was beaten by former Malacca DAP chairman Sim Tong Him. 

Malacca MCA was the main casualty, losing in four of the eight state seats it contested. 

Datuk Koh Nai Kwang lost in Kesidang while its only woman candidate, Chiew Hong Lan, lost in Ayer Keroh. The party also failed to capture Kota Laksamana and Bandar Hilir. 

Gerakan newcomer Wendy Ngo Kim Hwa also lost in Bachang, the sole seat it contested. 

Successful MCA candidates included Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn, who retained his Alor Gajah parliamentary seat, as well as state seat incumbents Gan Tian Loo in Duyong, Datuk Seet Har Cheow in Klebang and Lai Meng Chong in Machap.  

MCA freshie Chua Kheng Hwa also won in Bemban (state). 

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters at MITC's Media House, Malacca Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, who retained his Bukit Baru state seat, said:  

“I am disappointed with the voters for not going for the right candidates, in particular in Kota Melaka where Wong Nai Chee has done a lot to bring progress to the constituency. Unfortunately, his good efforts are not recognised by the voters.” 

Wong said he accepted the people's decision and bore no hard feelings for his loss. 

“I have tried my best to serve the people here but they have made their choice,” he said, adding that he would take a break from active politics for the time being to focus on his legal practice. 

“However, I will still continue to serve the party,” he said.  

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